The Powell Principles

The Powell Principles

by Oren Harari
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The Powell Principles by Oren Harari

The Powell Principles details the decision-making habits, success strategies, and leadership philosophies of Secretary of State Colin Powell. Filled with insights that are as refreshingly honest as they are grittily real, this concise, no-nonsense book reveals the keys to Powell's unprecedented success, keys that include:

  • Walk the talk
  • Be a dis-organizer
  • Let change lead growth
  • Be prepared to piss people off
  • Check your ego at the door
  • Push the envelope
  • Let situation dictate strategy
  • Challenge the pros
  • Trust those in the trenches
  • Prepare to be lonely

Colin Powell rose from the hardscrabble streets of the Bronx to become the man Newsweek calls "...the most respected figure in American public life." Let The Powell Principles introduce you to the principles that drove him to the top and provide you with a blueprint for inspiring anyone--including yourself--to achieve extraordinary levels of professional success.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780071444903
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
Publication date: 10/16/2004
Series: Mighty Managers Series
Pages: 115
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Oren Harari is a professor of management at the McLaren Graduate School of Business, University of San Francisco, and author of the national bestseller Leadership Secrets of Colin Powell.

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The Powell Principles 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Author Oren Harari gives a short and concise distillation of the leadership principles of former secretary of state Colin Powell. The book is presented as a collection of short sections each outlining one of twenty-four principles espoused in the book. Although much of what is covered in each principle seems like common sense and aligned with what other leadership books have to offer, there is enough that is new and fresh to make this work a worthwhile and fresh read. One of my favorite principles of the book is presented towards the end and is entitled ¿Challenge the Pros¿. The main point of this principle encourages leaders not to be afraid to challenge the pros even in their own backyard. By pros he means consultants, attorneys, accountants and the like. Another one of my favorite principles is the notion of trusting those in the trenches. Powell believes that people in the trenches are closer to everything local --- conditions, allies, enemies, customers, employees, suppliers and competitors. I can not count how many times I have worked for an organization that totally ignores the opinions of those that are actually doing the work. There are several other principles that I think make this book worth purchasing to add to your leadership knowledge. I also like the way the book is organized. Each lesson is presented in two or three pages with each lesson ending with three suggestions for how to implement or work to introduce the principle into your life or organization. Over the past year, I have read many books on leadership. What is most impressive about this one is that I feel I gained so much more information without having to read 300 pages! The thing that I like the most about Powell¿s ideas is that he is speaking from experience as a leader in the military as well as the former Secretary of State.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Retired four-star general and former Secretary of State Colin Powell is considered one of the most respected leaders in the U.S. Author Oren Harari's short book distills Powell's insights about leadership. As a formidable leader who has managed battles, bureaucracies and humanitarian missions, Powell has firm ideas about how a good leader behaves. Refreshingly, some of his principles are modestly anti-authoritarian. However, Harari does not develop Powell's background or explain how he implemented these principles during his long, varied career. Like the rules promulgated in similar books on leadership, many of these 'lessons' seem arbitrary and redundant. Then again, it is interesting and useful to see how a leader of Powell's caliber thinks. Truncated as it may be, we recommend this short, concise collection to aspiring leaders. It is just about enough reading material for a short plane ride, but it provides a fair share of inspiration.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is truly for people who want to be in a leadership role, whether it is in business, a military environment, office environment, etc. I did get some good info and tips from the book,and because I was in the military, I understood a lot of what Mr. Powell was saying. I like the pics included and the headings for each chapter: you see in light print with a line drawn through it the action that most people take and probably should not. Then right below, printed in dark print, the action that helps make one a leader; I thought that was very cleverly done.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago